Change of location for patients booked into the Wednesday Community Midwife Clinic.
The location for the Wednesday Community Midwife clinic has changed from the University Health Centre to Whitley Villa Surgery, 1 Christchurch Road, RG2 7AB with effect from the 13th of August. Dates and times of appointments are unchanged.
Please note, this does not affect the Monday Community Midwife clinic which will still run from the University Health Centre.
Ending of provision of ear irrigation (syringing) from 1 May 2018
We are ending the provision of ear irrigation (syringing) from 1 May 2018. This decision is based on current best practice and a review of the clinical effectiveness of this procedure. An ear care leaflet for the self-management of ear wax removal is available here or from NHS Choices. Patients with persistent problems following oiling 2-3 times per day for at least 2 weeks, can seek advice from a pharmacy, or visit a private ear care service for micro-suction, which is available at many local optician providers. Micro-suction is considered to be a safer procedure for the removal of wax than ear irrigation, which carries a higher risk of ear drum perforation. General Practitioners are not funded by NHS England either to purchase the equipment or to provide this service. We will continue to review patients who may need to be seen prior to attending an audiology or hearing aid appointment at the hospital in order to advise them if they have wax in their ears
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